An outstanding Chancay funerary doll with a false head. It is finely made and unrivaled in size. It is composed of wrapped reeds, sticks, and vegetal fibers. The head is a wooden plank painted red, and the eyes are diamond-shaped in white with a separated nose in brown. Wears a yarn wig woven textile headdress embroidered with spiritual serpents. Gauze tunic and textile apron garment. Holds a textile bag with both hands, containing a large string ball. Measures 20″/50.80 cm in length. Extremely Rare. Chancay Valley of central Peru. Ca. 1000 – 1250 A.D.
Ex. Hunt Fine Arts, NYC.
The majority of these dolls have been found in graves. Presumably, it was not intended as toys but to serve the dead.
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